Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center Rehabilitation Update

This morning I was lucky enough to get a tour of the rehabilitation project underway at the Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.

The Visitor Center rehabilitation project is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. Along with the project to rehabilitate the building, an exhibit upgrade project for inside the building has been initiated and will start shortly after the rehab concludes.

The Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center, designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2001, should be fully operational and open to the public next summer.

In case you didn’t know, the park remains open seven days a week with lots to see outside. There is a temporary visitor available for those looking for a break from the weather and an opportunity to shop for gifts.

My first Christmas season in Manteo

This is the first Christmas season I’ve experienced in Manteo and last night’s boat parade and Christmas tree lighting event kicked off the season in a perfectly festive way. The free soup, hot chocolate, and cupcakes didn’t hurt the experience either.

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One of the boats in the Christmas boat parade
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Queen Elizabeth II all lit up in Manteo Harbor
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Manteo Christmas tree
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Even Santa caught a fish!

Unexpected View at Holiday Bazaar

Last Saturday, Erica and I went to the Outer Banks Entrepreneurs 4th Annual Holiday Bazaar at the Ramada in Nags Head. We hadn’t planned on going, but we were on beach road and saw a sign for it, so we decided to check it out.

Honestly, the selection of items for sale at the holiday bazaar wasn’t to my liking, but the view from the fourth floor event location made the spontaneous trip worth it!

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View from 4th floor of Ramada Plaza in Nags Head

Dare County Veteran ID card information

Dare County Veteran ID Card

If you’re a United States Armed Services veteran living in Dare County, North Carolina, most likely you do not have a Dare County Veteran ID card. According to Dare County Veteran Advisory Council member and Veteran ID card point of contact, Marsha Brown, there are around 4,400 veterans living in Dare County, but only 500 have gone through the easy process to get their Veteran ID card.

To get your Dare County Veteran ID card, simply call Marsha Brown at 252-202-2058 and schedule an appointment to show her your DD-214 (honorable discharge only) and your current driver license with Dare County address. That’s it!

Discounts are offered by many local businesses on the Outer Banks for veterans who show their Veteran ID card. Check out the following list of participating businesses (printable version of list).


  • ACE Hardware: (all 7 locations) 10% off total purchase every day
  • AJ&M Home Improvement: 10% discount on all home improvements
  • Beltone: 10% off hearing aids
  • Berry’s Automotive Care: 10% off auto parts & service only
  • Big Al’s Soda Fountain & Grille: 10% off
  • Darrell’s Restaurant: 10% off a meal
  • Full Moon Café: 10% off any meal – alcohol not included in discount
  • Garden Deli & Pizzeria: 10% discount
  • Homeworks Environmental Inspections: 10% discount on any service provided
  • Kellogg Supply Company, Inc.: 10% off merchandise, excludes building materials, special orders, sale or promotional items, other exclusions may apply
  • Island Central Grill: 10% discount on meal for veteran and one family member
  • La Dolce Vita Restaurant: 10% off
  • Murray Auto Supply: 10% – all locations
  • My Secret Garden: 10% off regular price items (no sale items)
  • Ortegaz Grill: 10% off any entrée
  • Pizza Hut: 10% off entire meal (excluding alcohol beverages)
  • Roanoke Island Animal Clinic: 10% off all products, excluding pet food
  • Steve Hampton Plumbing: 10% off labor for service performed
  • Stripers Bar & Grille: 10% off
  • OBX Beach Wash & Detail: 10% off selected service


  • A & B Carpet: 10% discount off all area rugs
  • ACE Hardware (Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, Corolla, Grandy & Elizabeth City): 10% off total purchase every day
  • All American Heating & Cooling: $200.00 off system change out; 10% off service call
  • All Fixed (Vacuum Sales & Service): 10% discount on parts & vacuums
  • Blue Moon Beach Grille: 10% off meal, alcohol not included
  • Blue Water Grill & Raw Bar: 10% off meal, alcohol not included
  • Colington Cafe: 10% off entire table
  • Darrell’s 2 BBQ & Seafood Restaurant: 10% off entrees
  • Farmdog Surf School: 10% off activities and non-sale, new merchandise
  • First Flight Adventure Park: 10% off for Dare County Veterans, Special Memorial Day & Veteran’s Day, check FB page and website
  • Gulf Stream Gifts: 10% discount on all regular priced items
  • Hair Flair: $1.00 off hair cut
  • Hallmark (Peggy’s Shop): 10% off regular price items (not to be used in conjunction with other coupons)
  • Hurricane Mo’s: 10% off dinner entrees
  • Islander Flags: 10% off all in stock US or Military flag products only
  • Jolly Roger Restaurant: free breakfast 1st Tuesday of month; 20% off dinner entrée year round; 10% off breakfast; & Veteran’s Day vets eat free
  • Kellogg Supply Company, Inc.: 10% off merchandise, excludes building materials, special orders, sale or promotional items, other exclusions may apply
  • Kellogg Design Center: 10% off merchandise, excludes building materials, special orders, sale or promotional items, other exclusions may apply
  • Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant & Tavern: 15% off veteran & 1 guest entrée
  • Kitty Hawk Kites: 10% off most retail items – hard goods like Kayaks & sups not included – discount is offered at all Kitty Hawk Kites locations
  • Little Caesars Pizza: $1.00 off pizza with purchase of a Crazy Combo
  • Mulligans: 10% off food only, no alcohol
  • Murray Auto Supply: 10% off – all locations
  • Pamlico Jack’s: 15% off entrees (full price only) – 10% off seasonal buffets (does not apply to senior prices)
  • Sam & Omie’s Restaurant: 15% off
  • Scammell’s Corner (Surf Shop only):  12% off (Does not apply to surf lessons, rentals, or surfboards)
  • Sound Feet Shoes: 10% off, excluding Ugg & Nike
  • Steamers: 5% off, excluding alcohol
  • Sugar Creek Restaurant: 20% off entrée, excludes daily specials & cannot be used with any promotions, discounts, or coupons
  • Tale of the Whale Restaurant: 20% off entire check, excluding alcohol
  • Tanger Outlets: free Tanger Coupon Book – pick up at Shopper’s Service Office
  • The Cottage Shop: 10% off merchandise, excludes building materials, special orders, sale or promotional items, other exclusions may apply
  • The Dunes Restaurant: 10% off
  • Tortuga’s Lie – 10% off


  • ACE Hardware: 10% off total purchase every day
  • All Decked Out: 10% off any one item
  • Angelo’s Pizza: 10% off
  • Billfish Bar & Grill: 10% discount on food only
  • Buxton Auto & Marine (NAPA): 10% everyday – sale items, engines, transmissions and equipment items excluded. Other exclusions may apply, see store for details
  • Captain’s Table: 10% off
  • CarQuest Auto Parts: Stocking Dealer pricing (Red Drum)
  • Diamond Shoals Restaurant: 10% off entrees
  • Hatterasman Drive In: 10% discount & veteran information
  • Quarterdeck Restaurant: 10% on any entree
  • Rocco’s: 15% beer & wine excluded

Please note: Some restrictions apply. Alcohol at food establishments, sale/clearance may be exempt from discount. Please ask management if you have a question prior to check out.